Searching for a job is stressful. Whether you are just entering the job market, want to change jobs or have been let go for some reason, you will that preparation will help you find the job you are looking for. Therefore, these are a few tips to help you prepare for your job search.
Write or Update Your Resume and Cover Letter
Your resume and cover letter should be written based on the jobs you are applying for, and they will change based on each job. For example, you should include keywords from the job description or advertisement on both your cover letter and resume, and these keywords will differ from job to job. Include your job titles and the dates you had each position, as well as the dates you received any educational diploma or degree. Your cover letter and resume should be compelling and persuasive without overinflating your knowledge, skills and abilities. Be honest.
Edit your documents a few times. Whether you hire a professional cover letter writing service or you write your own, be sure to edit your content to ensure it is grammatically correct and persuasive.
Update Your Social Media
Today’s managers, owners, human resources departments and staffing agencies review the social media accounts of applicants. Therefore, take some time to refresh these accounts. This is especially important for your LinkedIn account, and if you don’t have one, get one and take the time to fill out your profile completely. However, your reputation on all your social media accounts should show you in the best light. Therefore, delete photos and posts that may affect your reputation or others’ impressions of you.
Practice Your Interview Skills
As a job seeker, don’t think that you can walk into an interview and perform well. You need to take time to research the company that requests the interview, and write down any questions you have about the company and job. However, you also need to anticipate the questions you may be asked and practice your responses. You may even participate in practice interviews.
These are just a few tips, so take your time and do your due diligence so you are prepared for the job search process.